Clinical Pharmacy (MSc)
A key qualification for hospital pharmacy clinical career advancement, the programme enjoys funding from the NHS and is supported by Associate Course Directors across Wales and experienced work-based tutors at accredited hospital sites.
The MSc Clinical Pharmacy is a part-time distance learning course for pharmacists, run at 22 hospital sites in Wales and England. It integrates a traditional academic course with the student’s everyday role, with the aim of developing vital skills and knowledge to apply to their work.
The course offers an exceptionally wide variety of experiential learning, with a new area every three months for the first two years of the course. This allows you to gain a broad experience of pharmacy, under the guidance of a local practitioner, trained by the University to be your tutor.
The course has been developed by practitioners, and operating at 22 hospitals in four centres – three in Wales, one in England – provides the opportunity to compare practices in these regions and learn from each other.
The course offers knowledge and expertise required by a clinical pharmacist to input optimally into patient care.
- Offered at four centres around Wales and England
- Combines an academic course with your everyday role
- Flexibility enables you to complete at your own pace, between three and eight years
- Conducted mainly in your base hospital.
|Next intake||September 2017|
|Mode||Part-time - distance learning|
|Admission Tutor contact(s)|
Applicants must be a registered pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council of Great Britain or a country where there is a reciprocal agreement AND must be employed as a pharmacist in an accredited hospital.
In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must obtain an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in all other components, or an equivalent English language qualification.
Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
The course is offered part-time over a period of between three and eight calendar years, and consists of three stages.
Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
Stage 3: MSc (180 credits).
A variety of modules are available
Some of the modules are compulsory.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Optional Clerkship: Aseptic Services||PHT716||10 credits|
|Therapeutics II||PHT724||10 credits|
|Clerkship I||PHT726||10 credits|
|Clerkship II||PHT727||10 credits|
|Critical Care||PHT728||10 credits|
|Medicines Information||PHT729||10 credits|
|Clinic Clerkship||PHT730||10 credits|
|Research Methods in Pharmacy Practice||PHT731||10 credits|
|Primary Care||PHT732||10 credits|
|Risk Management||PHT733||10 credits|
|Education, Training and Development||PHT734||10 credits|
How will I be taught?
You will be taught through a variety of methods:
- Completion of a self needs analysis
- Attendance of weekend schools
- Attendance at study days
- Practice based work
- Time with accredited tutor
- Coursework: Portfolio & Assignments
- Self-directed study.
How will I be supported?
The associate course director for your centre will be assigned as your personal tutor. They have three main roles: academic, pastoral and as an advocate. They will visit you on site to provide feedback on your performance, help in your academic studies and observe you in practice.
At your base, the hospital site tutor will co-ordinate the course and be a point of contact. The associate course director and hospital site tutor are in contact (two-way feedback) throughout the academic year.
In addition, you may contact the course director at any time if necessary.
Specific examples of support provided throughout the programme are as follows:
- Initial induction programme for orientation and introducing the programme.
- Student handbook (also copy sent to hospital site tutor each year).
- Student email and access to Blackboard/Learning Central.
- Extensive library and other learning resources including IT suites; all journals are available as e-journals and can be accessed off-site. Special arrangements with the library have been made for distance learner students.
- Excellent teaching facilities.
- Close collaboration between the course and pharmacy practitioners (course director and associate course directors are practising pharmacists).
You will receive written feedback on written assessments, and oral feedback on assessed presentations and your contributions to seminars. The opportunity to understand and use feedback constructively will also be provided through regular meetings with personal tutors at key moments every year.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through the practice-based appraisals, CPD entries, patient profiles, basic enquiries, patient management problems, case presentations, teaching portfolios, critical appraisal exercise, written papers (class tests), audit written report and poster presentation, research project, other assignments and the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).
All assessments must be attempted. Modules must be passed at 50% or above. If you are unsuccessful on your initial submission of work, normally one further attempt would be granted by the Examining Board.
What skills will I practise and develop?
After fully engaging in this course, you should be able to:
- Comprehensively understand and develop a critical awareness of your role as a pharmacist, and that of the pharmacy profession, in a changing healthcare system.
- Utilise the knowledge gained and demonstrate the skills required to contribute to the identification, evaluation, prevention or solution of medicine therapy problems in practice.
- Systematically integrate and apply pharmaceutical, biomedical and clinical knowledge in patient care.
- Produce and use pharmaceutical care plans for patients.
- Develop information and interpersonal skills to aid a pharmacist to contribute optimally to patient care.
- Identify and critically evaluate current research.
- Utilise critical appraisal skills, evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice to make judgements in pharmacy practice.
- Develop, plan, execute and communicate the results of an original audit project.
- Systematically undertake and submit a substantial original research project in pharmacy practice.
- Further develop IT skills in preparing documents, delivering presentations, searching databases and resources and analysing data.
- Effectively communicate to different audiences by oral and written means.
- Work effectively as a member of a team and individually.
- Manage resources and time effectively.
- Recognise the importance of continuing professional development and the need to become a reflective practitioner, through engaging in the process of personal development planning.
The course offers knowledge and expertise required by a clinical pharmacist to input optimally into patient care. It integrates a traditional academic course with your everyday role, with the aim of developing vital skills and knowledge to apply to your work.